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Raheem Sterling agrees Liverpool contract

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Liverpool are confident that Raheem Sterling will sign a new contract with the club worth in excess of £100,000-a-week, according to Goal.

Sterling still has three years to run on his current Liverpool contract, but Brendan Rodgers has been trying to tie down the teeanger's future for the long-term. Talks have taken longer than expected and other clubs were starting to take an interest.

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Rival interest

Both Barcelona and Real Madrid were starting to take notice of Sterling's reluctance to sign a new contract with Liverpool. The La Liga giants could have both tempted Sterling into forcing a move from Anfield.

Liverpool would have been more concerned with interest amongst Premier League clubs however, with both Manchester City and Chelsea exploring the possibility of making an offer.

Chelsea were rumoured to be lining up a stunning £48 million bid for the player with Jose Mourinho keen to boost the number of homegrown stars in his ranks. Such a bid would have been near impossible to turn down if Sterling had not agreed a new contract.

Delay

The 19-year-old added further fuel to speculation that he would leave Anfield after stating that he was in no rush to agree a new deal with Liverpool. Rodgers also said he was keen to make sure Liverpool did not offer one so young too much money.

However, it seems that interest from other clubs has scared Liverpool into meeting Sterling's demands. A source close to the club has told Goal that a deal is in place and that it will be worth more than £100,000-a-week.

'Deal is done'

"The deal is done as far as Liverpool are concerned," a source told Goal.


"The general agreement is in place and - barring any unforeseen issues – this new deal should be announced sooner rather than later."

Rising star

There is little doubt that Sterling will be worth the heavy pay packet. At only 19, the former QPR youngster has already forced his way into Liverpool's and England's first team.

He has scored three and assisted two in just seven Premier League games this season and has already made over 50 appearances for the Reds. The same source believes Rodgers's continued presence the club was the main influence in convincing Sterling to remain on Merseyside.

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